6 ways to enjoy fall in Des Moines

Sure, summer is over. But that’s no reason to go into hiding yet. There are plenty of reasons to enjoy fall in Central Iowa.

Here are six of our favorites.

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Scare Us Hill

Go trick-or-treating at the Governor’s Mansion in this one-of-a-kind family event. It’s held Sunday, Oct. 26, from 4-7 p.m.

Costumes are encouraged but not required. More info.

Living History Farms Off-Road Race

There are still spots open (they won’t last long) for the biggest cross-country race in North America. This is the original “tough mudder,” taking runners through mud, water and cornfields.

The race is 9 a.m. Nov. 22. More info.

Madison County Covered Bridge Festival

The 45th annual event will take place Oct. 11 and 12. Celebrate the history of Madison County and see the bridges in all of their beautiful fall color glory. More info.

Night Eyes at the Blank Park Zoo

Take your kids trick or treating through Des Moines’ Zoo at this popular event that runs October 16-19 and October 23-26. More info.

Sleepy Hollow’s Haunted Scream Park

Need something a little more adventurous? Try this haunted house at Sleep Hollow Park on Des Moines’ east side. It’s open weekends Oct. 10-Nov. 1.  More info.

Center Grove Orchard

Of course you can buy apples. But you also can go on hayrack rides, train rides, jump on trampolines, go down the giant slide and much more at the Center Grove Orchard. More info.